For The Love Of Cigars
Match made in heaven
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Time to pair off.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a drink is just a drink. But bring them together and you know you’re in for something special. That’s when evenings unfold and stories are born.
Imagine a perfect marriage. Someone by your side to make you better in every way. That’s what the right cigar is to the right spirit. It highlights its best qualities. It enhances the subtle nuances of your favourite craving. It introduces flavours you never knew, and rediscovers aromas you forgot ever existed.
Few things complement a Spirit like a fine cigar. The latter gives you pause, the former allows your mind to wander. But you’ve got to be careful, not every couple is a pair. The basic rule of thumb is to match the body and the flavour profile of the beverage, to the body and the flavour profile of the cigar. Of course, there are always exceptions, since opposites attract.
We’ve come up with the following pairings for your tasting pleasure, with a little help from our friend Mr. Milan Kalinovic (@PhineasFreak):
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva + Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
Cognac Park X.O Cigar Blend + Cohiba Coronas Especiales
The Dalmore Cigar Malt + Padron 1926 No.9 Maduro
These are our proposals, but we cannot call the shots for you. There are no rights or wrongs in love. You know what suits you best, or perhaps you’ll figure it out along the way. The important thing is that you have fun and write your own story. Not because you should, but because you can.
1) “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” – Sigmund Freud
2) American presidents do love a good cigar. JFK acquired 1,200 Cuban cigars just minutes before he ordered the Cuban Trade Embargo in 1962. Bill Clinton celebrated the rescue of a downed American pilot over Bosnia-Herzegovina by lighting a Romeo Y Julieta.
3) Cigars are made of three types of tobacco leaves – binder, fillers and wrappers. While tobacco is grown all around the world, Cuba, with its unique soil and climate conditions, is still considered the place that produces the best cigars in the world.
4) At the request of his wife, Mark Twain gave up on cigars, leading to a prolonged period of writer’s block. After he resumed smoking his usual 300 cigars a month, he wrote a book in three months. Inspirational.
5) The world famous Cohiba brand was founded in 1966 for Fidel Castro and other Cuban government officials. Cuban cigars in general are expensive – even in Cuba! A single Cohiba can set you back at least 25 $.
6) The phrase, “Close, but no cigar,” which means “almost correct, but not quite,” was formed in the 19th century, when cigars were a popular carnival prize in the US. Ah, those were the days.
7) A skilled and experienced cigar roller is referred to as a torcedor. The best ones are able to produce up to 200 cigars a day. Large cigar factories can produce up to 100 thousand cigars a day.